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At Least Two Dead, 29 Wounded After Gunmen Attack University in Northeastern Kenya

At Least Two Dead, 29 Wounded After Gunmen Attack University in Northeastern Kenya

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen attacked a college campus in northeast Kenya early Thursday, shooting indiscriminately in dormitories and killing at least two people and wounding 29 others, police said. The attack bore the hallmarks of a Somali Islamic extremist group.

Terrified students streamed out of buildings, some young men shirtless, as arriving police officers hunkered down, taking cover. The gunmen had opened fire at guards, triggering a “fierce shootout” with police guarding student dorms, Kenya’s National Police Service said in a written statement.

Students of the Garissa University College take shelter in a vehicle after fleeing from an attack by gunmen in Garissa, Kenya, Thursday, April 2, 2015. (AP Photo)

The attackers managed to get into the dorms of Garissa University College, raising the possibility of hostage-taking.

Kenya’s National Disaster Operations Center said 29 people wounded during the attack have been admitted to a local hospital, four of them in critical condition. Most have gunshot wounds, the center said.

Police and military surrounded the buildings and were trying to secure the area, police officer Musa Yego told The Associated Press.

Kenyan police officers take cover outside the Garissa University College during an attack by gunmen in Garissa, Kenya, Thursday, April 2, 2015. (AP Photo)

Abass Gulett, head of the Red Cross in Kenya, said fighting was ongoing as the security forces try to retake some university blocks from the gunmen. “We understand (the security forces) have secured some blocks of the university,” he said. More

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